3-6 November 2016 | St. Louis, MO, USA

The Nevermore Jazz Ball

The Nevermore Jazz Ball is a one-of-a-kind celebration that features four nights of dancing to live music, two days of workshops, a jazz crawl with live bands on Cherokee Street, vintage vendors, crazy contests, and lots of St. Louis goodness. Now back for its 6th year, the Nevermore Jazz Ball has grown to be a dancer’s, musician’s, and fun-lover’s favorite. This year we’re bringing you a line-up that’s sure to please!


Registration opens Tuesday, July 5th at 7pm CST! We sell out every year, so plan to buy your tickets early! New this year, we have *more party passes available!* We’re so glad, because this means more people can come enjoy the event. We’re selling the same number (200) of full-weekend passes as last year. For those who want to enjoy the workshops, get your tickets early! For those who want to party it up and enjoy more free time to explore St. Louis in the daytimes, rejoice! We have more dance-only passes available than ever before, but there is a limit to the madness, so again…be ready and sign up early!

Nevermore Jazz Ball 2016 Registration


Or type this link into your browser: nevermore2016.dancecamps.org

UPDATE!! On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 5pm Central Time, we will be putting our final weekend package tickets on sale–we’ll have a few FULL WEEKEND PASSES and a few PARTY PASSES available. Use the link above to register!

2016 Pricing

FULL WEEKEND PASSES include all dances and live music as well as all workshops with our super instructors. The best value, if you want to do the whole she-bang! We have 200 full weekend passes available; they will sell out quickly.

First 40: $125

Next 80: $145

Final 80: $165

PARTY PASSES (aka Dance-Only Passes) include all of the dances and of course the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl. No classes are included with this pass.

First 50: $89

After that: $99


New this year, we have an EVENT HOTEL! (Hotel Avyan, the closest hotel to Cherokee Street.) We will have housing requests available at a later date, but Nevermore has grown quickly and St. Louis is still a medium-sized scene, so we’re simply not able to accommodate the amount of housing requests we’ve received in the past. The housing request list will be intended to provide an option for those who truly can’t make a hotel or Air B&B work. Hotel reservations will be available beginning on August 1, 2016.

Housing requests are now open here, but keep in mind they are very limited. Click here to request housing.

The Nitty Gritty (Registration Policies)



2016 Music Line-Up

We believe in music! Nevermore is just as much about the musicians as it is about the dancers. The Nevermore Jazz Ball is committed to bringing you a one-of-a-kind musical experience with an emphasis on both featuring our magnificent local talent and bringing some top musical talent from across the country. We’ll feature live bands at all of our dances–Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and both late night dances. We’ll top it off with a healthy heaping of great live music at the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl on Saturday afternoon.



Coming soon!


This year, we’ve got same Nevermore favorites as well as a few Nevermore first-timers. Classes and instruction at Nevermore are selected to provide a diversity of perspectives and styles. You’ll get top-notch in lindy hop, but we’ll round out our lineup with who are experts in other vernacular styles so that you can infuse your dancing with a variety of unique skills and perspectives.

2016 Headline Instructors


Here’s a big picture schedule to help you plan. Remember, things can change, so check back as the event nears! We’ll also publish a detailed class schedule.

Nevermore 2016 Schedule Overview


Classes. We will have them. You will learn a lot. A word about classes at the Nevermore Jazz Ball: in the spirit of welcoming diverse perspectives, getting out of your usual comfort zone, and embracing the new & different, classes at Nevermore are “try-it” style, meaning you’ll have exposure to some great bread & butter lindy hop, some traditional jazz, and other various vernacular styles. Come with an open mind!

Class Schedule and Descriptions TBA, y’all.


St. Louis itself is the venue-at-large of the Nevermore Jazz Ball. Here are some specific historic spots that will help to define our 2016 festival!

Hotel & Travel

Event Hotel

For the first time, we have an official event hotel! We have a Nevermore Jazz Ball room block at Hotel Avyan at the corner of Jefferson & Lafayette. It’s the hotel closest to Cherokee Street, where the bulk of our events will take place. Rooms with two double beds are available for $99/night and you can book rooms in this block starting on August 1, 2016. www.HotelAvyan.com or (314) 773-6500.

Getting Around STL

St. Louis has Uber and traditional taxis. There are buses and two metro lines that are safe and run well, but public transit is not super extensive. You can easily take the MetroLink from Lambert Airport into the city and catch a taxi or an Uber from there. A car (or a friend with a car!) can be helpful, and bicycles are great if you’re comfortable getting around that way.


Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

The one-and-only Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl returns to this year’s festival with afternoon and evening sets of live music up and down the street, a brass band, and community dance classes! Join us on Saturday November 5th, for this free, open-to-the-public aspect of the event featuring St. Louis’ best jazz and swing musicians in Cherokee Street’s singular venues.

MAIN SET 12:30-3:30 PM, East to West
Roth/Ryback Duo — South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee
Loot Rock Gang — Retro 101, 2303 Cherokee
Miss Jubilee — Foam Coffee and Beer, 3359 S. Jefferson
Bottoms Up Blues Gang — Hop Shop, 2606 Cherokee
Wack-A-Doo — Fortune Teller Bar, 2635 Cherokee
Moonshine Rhythm Club — Van Ella Studios, 2646 Cherokee
Sweetie & Chase Garrett — Bespoke, 2650 Cherokee
Gaslight Squares — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee
St. Boogie Brass Band — Street Parade!
SECOND SET 4:00-7:00 PM
Bill Mason & Friends Jazz Jam — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee
Annie & The Fur Trappers — Propoganda, 2732 Cherokee



The Nevermore Code

We take fun seriously at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, and this means if you want to join in, you agree and abide by certain ground rules. Many of these points go without saying, but we’re still going to say them, write them, and live by them. This policy may be updated, so be sure to keep yourself familiar with it.

Code of Conduct

Nevermore Values